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Pa. police citations

April 04, 2001

Pa. police citations



HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police issued more than 75,500 citations statewide through two highway safety programs last year, a 3.6 percent increase over 1999.

"The (Gov. Tom) Ridge administration has made public safety a top priority, and our troopers are working hard to keep our highways safe by focusing on aggressive and speeding drivers," said State Police Commissioner Paul J. Evanko.

Operation Centipede yielded 55,263 citations, including 43,393 speeding tickets, last year.

In Operation Centipede, troopers set up multiple speed-enforcement zones short distances apart. The program is aimed at drivers who speed up after passing a stationary patrol using radar.

Ticket the Aggressive Driver Program, resulted in 20,244 citations, including 10,574 for speeding.

In TAG-D, troopers focus on motorists who tailgate, change lanes without signaling, speed and engage in other aggressive driving behaviors.

Both programs were initiated in 1997, and last year State Police expended nearly 50,000 personnel hours on the programs.

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"These highway safety programs are designed to increase traffic-law enforcement in high crash areas," Evanko said. "Our goal is not to write tickets, but to reduce the number of crashes in those areas and save lives."

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